4 December 2012
Compostela Valley was not regularly frequented by typhoons. This was cited by survivors as the reason why evacuation was not implemented in most areas. Despite warnings and preparations by communities against the typhoon, a total of 612 people died in Compostela Valley due to Typhoon Pablo (international name, Bopha), mostly in Barangay Andap, in the municipality of New Bataan. New Bataan is a small agricultural town of mostly farmers on banana plantations, with a size of 553.15 km2 and a population of 47,470 people. After Typhoon Pablo’s onslaught, Barangay Andap in New Bataan was buried under a pile of rocks and boulders. Barangay Andap is situated on an alluvial fan at the mouth of a mountain drainage network at the base of steep slopes—a location favorable for a debris flow.
Heavy rains brought by the typhoon caused flooding on December 4, which carried eroded gravel, boulders, and other debris from the mountains down to the community. Barangay Andap was buried under 5 meters of debris. Roads to the town were impassable due to landslides. Several survivor accounts also stated individuals being swept away by the flashfloods and debris. Unfortunately, more than 500 refugees were sheltered in an evacuation center in Barangay Andap. All of the evacuees perished from the debris flows.
Some parts of the area were buried under 9 meters of debris. (Source: Dr. Mahar Lagmay, UP NIGS)
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